Exploring The Architecture Of "My Lord’s Gift": An Analysis Of A Ca. 1658 - Ca.1750 Archaeological Site In Queen Anne, County, Maryland

Author(s): Henry M Miller; Jay Custer

Year: 2017

Summary

An archaeological rescue project in 1990 on the "My Lord’s Gift" site (18QU30) in Queen Anne, County, Maryland revealed a fascinating complex of colonial structures.  This tract was granted by Lord Baltimore in 1658 to Henry Coursey, an Irish immigrant and important official in the colony’s government.    Excavators found a variety of architecture represented at the site.  The largest building they uncovered was the substantial cobble stone foundation of an unusual T-Plan house with a massive three-hearth central chimney and a porch tower.  Directly adjacent to this structure was an earthfast kitchen having a large gable chimney.  Three storage pits were associated with this kitchen and several outbuildings uncovered nearby.   Archaeology demonstrates that these buildings were all constructed ca. 1675-1685. This paper evaluates the archaeological evidence collected from the site and presents an interpretation of Coursey’s buildings in the context of Chesapeake architectural development.  

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Exploring The Architecture Of "My Lord’s Gift": An Analysis Of A Ca. 1658 - Ca.1750 Archaeological Site In Queen Anne, County, Maryland. Henry M Miller, Jay Custer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435531)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
1650-1750

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 679